Mr. Monty McDermott is entering his 28th year at St. John Bosco High School and his 18th year as the Director of Athletics. He attended St. Maria Goretti Parish School in Long Beach for eight years before attending SJB, graduating in the Class of 1986.
While attending SJB, Mr. McDermott was a captain and all Del Rey League performer in baseball and football. In his senior season, he set a national high school record vs Don Bosco Tech, hitting three home runs (two grand slams) and finishing the day with 14 RBIs, which stands today as the California state record. Mr. McDermott went on to play baseball at the University of San Diego, later transferring to the University of La Verne, where he was a captain and All-West Region outfielder for the Leopards. He graduated from University of La Verne and earned a professional clear teaching credential in Kinesiology and Biology in 1991.
In 1992, he came home to SJB as a PE teacher, baseball and football coach. Throughout his years here, Mr. McDermott served as a teacher (Math, Physical Education, Science and Health), Dean of Discipline, Department Chair, baseball and football coach before becoming Assistant Athletic Director in 1999. In 2001, Mr. McDermott earned a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Athletic Administration from California State University, Long Beach, and was named Athletic Director in the fall of 2002. He currently serves as the CIF Representative for the Trinity League.
In 2007, the CIF named Mr. McDermott the first Champion for Character individual award winner in the history of SJB. The school has won this prestigious award three times (a current record); in addition, four coach-administrators and six student-athletes have won this award. Under Mr. McDermott’s tenure as Athletic Director, the Braves have won 51 varsity league titles, 67 CIF titles (team and individual), 24 state championships (team and individuals) and 10 national titles (team and individual). In addition, there have been 299 All-CIF, 73 All state and 337 All-American student athletes under McDermott’s stretch as Director of Athletics.
Personally, Mr. McDermott enjoys music, travelling, fishing, movies and going to concerts. He lives with his wife Delores, son Monty Jr. and their dogs Sierra and Brave in Long Beach, where they attend St. Maria Goretti Parish.
I would like to welcome all of you to the 2019-20 school year and another year for St. John Bosco Athletics. On behalf of all of our coaches, athletic staff and student-athletes, we would like to welcome you and wish you the best as you represent the St. John Bosco High School family!
Congratulations to all of our Brave athletes who competed in and out of the classroom this past school year. In fact, all 13 of our CIF varsity sports earned a team GPA of 3.0 or higher and 231 of our varsity student-athletes were awarded scholar athlete status (+3.0 TGPA) and even more impressive was that we had 95 varsity student-athletes earn a 4.0+ GPA. Both of these are the highest number in the school’s 79 year history. In 2018-19, our teams and student-athletes were also very successful on the field, compiling three league championships, 11 playoff berths, three final appearances, one section championship and one state title. Individual student-athletes earned 26 first team All CIF selections and won five CIF individual championships. In addition, we had 12 student-athletes named first team all-state, two state champions, one state player of the year, five first team All Americans and one National Player of the Year. Most importantly, our seniors earned 26 athletic scholarships, which is 25 times the national average. What an amazing year!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the people who make the St. John Bosco athletic program a success. First, I want to start by thanking the parents, who spend so much time volunteering and supporting their sons on and off the field. I would also like to give gratitude to all of my alumni brothers, friends and fans who have supported St. John Bosco athletics over the years with prayers, attendance and support. Lastly, I want to thank the Salesians, our faculty, staff, administration and board of directors for all of the love, support and guidance they have given our student-athletes and coaches.
A special thanks goes out to our 110 plus coaches and athletic staff, who put in countless hours of effort. They are not only preparing our young men for their sport of choice, but are also forming their future lives as well. Finally, I would like to thank our student-athletes. I honestly believe that we have extraordinary young men here at St. John Bosco High School. I am confident that their hard work and commitment in the classroom and on the field will make all of us proud. I pray that all of us will continue to support these young men in a positive and spirited way so that they will continue their success. God Bless and Go Braves!
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